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Friends, family and artists honour Malcolm Young

  • Published at 10:20 pm November 19th, 2017
Friends, family and artists honour Malcolm Young
After the death of rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist, musician, songwriter and co-founder of AC/DC Malcolm Young at the age of 64, fellow artists, musicians and friends from various arena honoured the rock’n’roll persona. Best known for their hit song “Highway to Hell,” AC/DC formed in 1973 and went on to produce 17 studio albums, selling more than 200 million records. Malcolm is survived by his wife O'Linda, children Cara and Ross, son-in-law Josh, three grandchildren, sister Margaret and brother Angus. Young co-founded the Australian rock group with his brother Angus, who said he will leave "an enormous legacy." A statement, released on the band’s website, reads: "Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young. "With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band. "As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man." Friends and musicians also paid tribute to him on Twitter. Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osborne tweeted: "So sad to learn of the passing of yet another friend, Malcolm Young. He will be sadly missed. God Bless." Def Leppard and frontman Joe Elliott called him "an incredible guitar player & the glue for that band onstage & off." Eddie Van Halen wrote: "It is a sad day in rock and roll. Malcolm Young was my friend and the heart and soul of AC/DC. "He will be missed and my deepest condolences to his family, bandmates and friends." Meanwhile, Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams said Young's "guitar playing was a huge inspiration," adding "thanks for that." Malcolm Young had been suffering from dementia for several years, which forced him to retire from the band, hence replaced by his nephew, Stevie Young, in the band. His family said he died peacefully, with them at his bedside. His brother Angus paid tribute by saying: "As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special. "He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. "Malcolm, job well done." Elder brother George, who the band described as a mentor, had died last month. The three brothers were born in Scotland and immigrated to Australia as children with their family, although their eldest brother remained in the UK. A statement from his family, published on the band's Facebook page, read: "It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Malcolm Young, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother. “Renowned for his musical prowess Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many. From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans."